Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo, two graduate students from the University of Iowa, were honored Thursday when the Cannes Film Festival announced their Official Selection for 2011. Bookman and Damazo’s film, The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, was selected from more than 1500 entries to screen at this year’s Cinéfondation, the student film competition at Cannes.
Through analysis of both film content and the transnational industrial structure of non-profit educational film and video production in Sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation delineates the rhetorical and economic mechanisms by which a master narrative of perpetual crisis is written about Africa for the international aid community. It further illustrates the cinematic strategies by which this narrative is repeated and reinforced in the very films and videos intended for African audiences.
Turkish journalist and scholar Kerim Balci will visit the University of Iowa to present a talk on “Turkey and the Restructuring of the Middle Eastern Regimes,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk is free and open to the public. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested for those planning to attend.
The UI Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome Dana Leibsohn for a guest lecture titled, “From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia.” The talk will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
The UI’s annual Latin dance party Gusto Latino will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for students with an ID.
The African Students Association Presents: Africa Week (April 17-23)
Unfinished Business: Hawkeye Apparel and the Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement
When: Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: Trowbridge Hall 125
A special screening of Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep (1946, 114 min.) will be presented Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. The screening is part of the 2011 Annual Film Studies Lecture, to be presented by James Naremore on Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 14, with a screening of Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan, 113 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
During a South Florida heat wave, Matty Tyler (Kathleen Turner) begins an affair with Ned Racine (William Hurt), who is sleepwalking through a mediocre career as a small-town lawyer with too much time on his hands. Drawn by his lust for Matty, Ned finds himself in over his head in murder and betrayal. Much like Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff in Double Indemnity, Ned winds up with neither the girl nor the money. But at least Ned’s not dead.
Note: The UI Center for Human Rights is part of International Programs.
By Eric Hawkinson, The Daily Iowan
March 25, 1911.
The following commentary by Peggy Mills appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Mills is a professor of Russian at The University of Iowa.
University of Iowa employees spent more than $28 million on travel in fiscal 2010, a number that has steadily increased since 2006.
Of the $28,598,515 the UI spent in 2010, $3.6 million went to international travel, and $20.4 million to domestic travel outside Iowa. Almost one-third of the total was spent by the athletics department, which is fully self-sustaining. The figures were provided to The Daily Iowan in response to a public records request.
Officials said the spending was justified.
University of Iowa officials are defending increased travel spending for international efforts at a time when many units across campus have chopped travel expenses.
Units such as International Programs, Office for Study Abroad, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, saw sizable travel expense increases in fiscal 2010. Those expenses included international and domestic travel.